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Youth Ministry is not the same as Youth Group

Almost 6 months ago, I got to inherit a great group of students by taking a new role. Our Youth Group has plenty of students that come every week, is filled with students passionate about growing in their relationship with God, and contains a large portion of students whose parents don’t go to church, meaning…

Using Bulletins in Youth Ministry

Do you use bulletins in Youth Ministry? It seems like whenever the idea of bulletins gets brought up, a majority of Youth Pastors have negative experiences to share. For quite a long time, I was in that same boat. The truth is, Bulletins can often seem like a giant waste of time for youth group.…

Why I hate Christian movies

I grew up loving the Buttercream Gang, and it’s wildly successful follow up “The Buttercream gang and the Secret of Treasure Mountain.” Trying to google that second title brought back so many memories of all the classic christian movies of the late 80’s and early 90’s that were ever popular in my house as a…

The purpose of waiting for Marriage

We’re talking this upcoming week in our Youth Ministry about waiting, which includes setting boundaries. I know many of you have probably already seen this video, but it’s still great, and we’ll be showing it to lead into the message.

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Weekly Youth Group Preview – February 4, 2015

Much like Frank Gil does his weekly recap’s of what they do in their Youth Ministry, designed especially for Youth Pastors, we’ve been doing a preview video for our parents. Here is our preview video we send to parents to know what we’re discussing. Along with the video, we try to include a few conversation…

C.S. Lewis shares his thoughts on Masturbation

C.S. Lewis is a man who’s writings have had a profound impact on my life. It was after seeing a one-man play of “C.S. Lewis live on stage” many years ago that my love for reading returned with vengeance after my apathetic High School years, and I’ve been a collector of his books and writings…

Tips for Having “The Talk” With Your Students

This Fall, our student ministry tackled the “gods at war” series from Kyle Idleman. The series identifies false gods that war for our affection. From the moment we chose the series, I circled the date on my calendar when I would be teaching on the “gods of love, sex, and romance.” Every youth minister knows…

Embracing the New Normal

Carey Nieuwhof is a name many of you might recognize. If you don’t recognize his name, check out his new leadership podcast, it’s great! In his first episode, Andy Stanley makes a statement that kind of shook my existing paradigm as it relates to student ministry. “A regular church attender is someone who goes to…

Talking Points for Pretty Little Liars

I know my students watch “Pretty Little Liars.” Here’s a secret: I do too. I don’t WANT them to watch it. I think it’s too mature in content for them.  I think parts of the show are trash and it irritates me, yet I watch it.  I don’t advertise that I do it, but I…